US to arm Kurdish fighters against Isis in Raqqa, despite Turkish opposition

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The US considers the Kurdish-led forces a critical battlefield partner in Syria, but Nato ally Turkey calls them a terrorist group

The Trump administration has announced it will arm Syria’s Kurdish fighters “as necessary” to recapture the key Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa, despite intense opposition from Nato ally Turkey, which sees the Kurds as terrorists.

The decision is meant to accelerate the Raqqa operation but undermines the Turkish government’s view that the Syrian Kurdish group known as the Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG) is an extension of a terrorist organization that operates in Turkey. Washington is eager to retake Raqqa, arguing that it is a haven for Isis operatives to plan attacks on the west.

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